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[2/22/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Yokohama Bay Stars

by on Feb.23, 2015 @ 7:50 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

  • The Giants are planning to add Takehiro Donoue (29) to the seventy-man roster. An announcement could be made shortly. He could be assigned the uniform number 91. Source: Sanspo 2/22/2015, Daily Sports 2/22/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • The opening day starting rotation is coming together. The first three spots will go to Randy Messenger, Minoru Iwata, and Shintaro Fujinami. The fourth spot will go to Atsushi Nomi. If Suguru Iwazaki is healthy/ready, he could get the sixth spot. The fifth spot is still up for grabs. Source: Daily Sports 2/22/2015
  • Ryoma Matsuda is set to join the Ichi-gun team in time for a practice game against Orix on the 28th. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2015
  • The media learned on the 21st that the Tigers decided to pass on Juan Jaime after giving him a tryout in the Dominican Republic. No reasons were mentioned. Source: Sanspo 2/22/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Yoshihiro Maru will most likely be the everyday center fielder. Brad Eldred, Jesus Guzman, and Ryuhei Matsuyama are competing for spots in left and at first. First round draft pick Takayoshi Noma and Seiya Suzuki are in the mix for the job in right. Ko Shimozuru is also an option in the outfield. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2015
  • First round draft pick Takayoshi Noma hit a home run in Hiroshima's first exhibition game of the year on Saturday and became the first rookie in franchise history to accomplish the feat since Takehiko Kobayakawa on February 25, 1984. The last player to accomplish the feat in NPB history was Yakult's Yusuke Matsui on February 20, 2010. Source: Sponichi 2/22/2015
  • NPB commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki visited Okinawa camp on Sunday. He had a chance to meet Hiroki Kuroda and shook his hand. Source: Sanspo 2/22/2015

Yokohama Bay Stars

  • Third round draft pick Toshihiko Kuramoto has been using a 920-gram Hiroyuki Nakajima model bat since January last year. Source: Sponichi 2/22/2015